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Container technology

In the realm of modern software development and deployment, container technology has emerged as a revolutionary force. Containers have transformed the way applications are built, shipped, and run across various computing environments.

Even if the idea of container technology was born in the late 70s the introduction of Docker 2013 gave it a real push. The open-source platform quickly gained popularity within the software development community. The idea behind Docker was to streamline the application development and deployment process by packaging applications and their dependencies into lightweight, portable containers. Unlike traditional virtual machines, containers share the host operating system kernel, making them more efficient and resource friendly. Besides Docker, there are various other container technologies for software.

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Containers are based on several key principles

Containers provide process and filesystem isolation, allowing multiple applications to run independently on the same host without interference. Each container encapsulates its dependencies, ensuring consistency and reducing conflicts.


Containers are highly portable, capable of running on any system that supports a container engine. This portability eliminates the classic "it works on my machine" problem (but in many cases nowhere else), making it easier to move applications between development, testing, and production environments.


Containers are incredibly lightweight and start up quickly. They consume fewer resources than traditional virtual machines, making them ideal for microservices architectures and scaling applications horizontally.

The adoption of containers has brought about a multitude of advantages for both developers and IT operations:

  • Consistency: A container engine ensures that applications run consistently across different environments, reducing deployment issues and debugging time.
  • Scalability: Containers can be easily scaled up or down to accommodate changing workloads, enhancing application performance and availability.
  • DevOps integration: Containers fit seamlessly into the DevOps culture, promoting collaboration between development and operations teams through automated containerization and deployment pipelines.
  • Version control: Container images are versioned, allowing developers to track changes and roll back to previous versions if issues arise.
  • Resource efficiency: Containers share the host OS kernel, minimizing overhead and maximizing resource utilization.


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Container technology has a profound impact on the software development landscape:

  • Faster development cycles: Developers can focus on writing code rather than configuring environments, resulting in shorter development cycles and faster time-to-market for applications.
  • Microservices architecture: Containers have paved the way for the adoption of microservices architecture, enabling the development of scalable and modular applications.
  • Cloud-native applications: Docker is a fundamental building block for cloud-native applications, making it easier to leverage cloud services and orchestration tools like Kubernetes.
  • Hybrid and multi-cloud deployments: Containers facilitate hybrid and multi-cloud deployments, allowing applications to run consistently across various cloud providers and on-premises infrastructures.
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In conclusion, container technology has revolutionized the world of software development and deployment. Its principles of isolation, portability, and efficiency have reshaped the way applications are built and run. The benefits of consistency, scalability, and resource efficiency have made containers a staple in modern software development. That's why Hilscher has been open to the use of container technology since 2016.

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